3. Texas back court can hold its own
The back court starters for Texas basketball aren’t the most sizable group in the Big 12, but they might be the most athletic. In fact, Roach Jr. is one of the nation’s most athletic guards. Kansas knows all too well what Roach Jr. brings to the table and how much bounce is in his game. Few players can play above the rim like him.
The real question mark for the Horns sits with sophomore point guard Matt Coleman. Roach Jr. and Coleman were streaky to start Big 12 play to say the least. Coleman is one of the best two-way guards in the Big 12, and he’ll play a key role in shutting down a Kansas back court that can score at will.
Since the non-conference win over the Purdue Boilermakers, Coleman is playing at a whole other level. While he’s not scoring in double digits night in and night out, he’s providing an offensive presence that was different than how he started the regular season. And, Coleman doesn’t have a single game with more than one turnover since the upset loss against the Providence Friars.
The role that this Texas back court will play in the ultimate success of the team in this key showdown against Kansas even stretches to sophomore wing Jase Febres. When the trio of Coleman, Roach Jr. , and Febres has it going from the field, there’s very few teams in the nation that can stop them.